This creative writing workshop is for avid writers who want to read and write primarily fiction, while exploring other genres such as nonfiction and poetry, in a supportive, interactive community of like-minded writers. Through workshops, writing exercises, and analyses, we focus on developing plot, characterization, and, above all, a unique authorial voice. During class sessions, students respond to and discuss short stories they’ve read as homework, share and workshop their own writing, and offer one another constructive feedback. Although the course is introductory, it takes students beyond the basics to a deep understanding of storytelling. Teacher feedback guides each writer through the process. Students produce three full short stories throughout the course, finishing the course with a portfolio of work they can submit to contests, competitions, and publications, or use as the groundwork to continue developing their skills. (Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and participate regularly in group discussions.)
Creative Writing: Beyond 101
Teacher: Krystle DiCristofalo
Session: Fridays, September 25-December 11
Times: 7:15 PM EST/4:15 PM PST
Grade Level: 6-12
Bio: Krystle DiCristofalo, the co-founder of My Ivy Education, is a creative writing major at Columbia University whose writing has been published in literary journals including Cicada Magazine, Imagine Magazine, The Noisy Island, and many more. She is the recipient of multiple National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medals for her fiction, and is a graduate of the Telluride Association Summer Program for writing. She has taught creative writing at Princeton University and Columbia University at their Splash events, and is currently working on a novel about kids in boarding school who stumble into a world of magic.